Adult Volunteer Programs
This is a year-round program. These volunteers work in key areas of the Zoo side-by-side with staff members. Information sessions for prospective adult volunteers are held two times a year – Spring and Fall. After completing an interview and passing a background check, newly accepted volunteers attend an orientation training program. Training for specific positions is accomplished by working alongside an experienced volunteer or staff member. You should note that becoming a Docent requires specialized classroom training.
All volunteers must...
Be a minimum of 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
Complete an interview and agree to a criminal background check.
- Be willing to commit a minimum of one year to the program and 60 hours of service per year (five hours per month). Successfully complete the required training for the positions in which they have been placed.
- Be members of the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF).
- Purchase a uniform shirt. Khaki shorts, slacks, or skirts, white socks, close-toed shoes and an official name badge complete the uniform.
Animal Handling Requirements:
For most volunteer positions, animal contact is minimal. For those positions which require the handling of animals, a negative TB test with in the last year must be provided by the volunteer.
*The only animals handled by volunteers are the small mammals, birds and reptiles found in the Children's Zoo.
- An opportunity to become a part of wildlife conservation and education in your community.
- The chance to meet people and share the excitement of Zoo Miami.
- Free ZSF membership after one year of volunteer service with the minimum 60-hour requirement.
- Gift shop and food concession discounts.
- Recognition and incentive awards.
- Social events.
- An opportunity to make new friends and spend time in one of the top ten Zoos in the United States.
Administrative VolunteersVolunteers provide technical support to various departments in the Zoo and the ZSF offices.
American Bankers Family Aviary - Wings of Asia VolunteersVolunteers interact with visitors in the Aviary plaza, as well as inside the Aviary's educational observation center. Docents point out birds and interpret behavior inside the Aviary's free-flight area.
Children's Zoo VolunteersVolunteers interact with children and adults in the petting zoo and provide opportunities for close-up encounters in the small animal exhibit called Toadstool.
DocentsDocents are interpretive volunteers who educate the public about animals and the natural world and promote positive attitudes towards conservation. After an special training course, Docents may work in any of the following areas:
Animal Close Ups:
Docents provide impromptu educational presentations to visitors using biofacts or live animals in the Children's Zoo and throughout the Zoo.
Docents chat with visitors and conduct informal educational programs at various stations and exhibits throughout the Zoo.
Docents provide walking tours for the general public, special groups and school groups within the Zoo.
Docents conduct especially scheduled cart tours through ZSF.